Jess Glynne To Headline Splendour Festival 2016!

January 29th, 2016 at 7:00 am

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Hot on the heels of her sold out UK headline tour promoting her sensational number one double platinum album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, Grammy award-winning pop sensation and 2016 Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne has announced that she will be headlining Nottingham’s biggest party of the summer, Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park on Saturday 23rd July 2016!

Fans who attended Splendour last year were sad to hear that the flame-haired British singer-songwriter had to cancel her appearance at the event in order to undergo vocal cord surgery, which is why we are so thrilled to have Jess return this year to dazzle Nottingham crowds like never before.

The singer, at just 26, has already equalled the record for the most number one singles by a British female solo artist — five —  and has now announced a brand new single from the album, ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’, due for release on 26th February via Atlantic. With previous number one singles ‘Hold My Hand’ and its equally successful follow up ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, along with the recent single ‘Take Me Home’ set to whip Wollaton Park into a frenzy, you can guarantee Jess Glynne will make Splendour Festival 2016 a truly unforgettable day.

There’s still a further incredible line-up of live music and laugh-out-loud comedy yet to be announced to join Jess Glynne, plus a whole host of brilliant bars, fantastic food stalls and a fun-filled kids entertainment area, so we think it’s safe to say that Splendour 2016 is certainly going to be the best yet!

Recognised as Nottingham’s biggest summer day out and shortlisted in the final three for Best Festival in the national Live Music Business awards, Nottingham City Council and Splendour are keen to replicate the success of last year which saw 20,000 turning out to see storming sets from headliners The Specials, James, Bananarama and Lawson. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids’ area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure at Nottingham City Council, said: “We at Nottingham City Council are proud to work in partnership with DHP to bring this great family festival to the city. A day out at Splendour Festival is good value for money, especially for those living in the city, and gives them a chance to see a diverse range of popular acts. I would like to thank Nottingham City Council’s events team who so work hard to provide the festival infrastructure and manage the event safely.”

You can book your tickets and discounted City Card tickets by clicking here.

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Splendour 2016 Tickets on Sale Now

December 8th, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Nottingham’s favourite family festival returns to the beautiful setting of Wollaton Park on Saturday 23rd July 2016, and tickets are on sale now.

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2016 is set to be a remarkable year for Splendour, and while we can’t reveal artist or attraction news just yet, with our previous line-ups featuring incredible acts such as The Specials, James, Happy Mondays, Bananarama, Lawson, Jake Bugg, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Paolo Nutini and more, we can promise you’ll be in for another star-studded summer’s day at Wollaton Hall on the 23rd of July.

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Recognised as the city’s biggest summer day out, Splendour is always in high demand, with 2015′s event selling out yet again. So what are you waiting for? Bag yourself  a ticket to sun, Splendour and the sounds of sensational superstars!

Book your tickets for Splendour 2016 here:

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Register for Splendour 2016

October 6th, 2015 at 11:04 am

Summer may be starting to feel like a distant memory for some, but for us at Splendour HQ we’re already making big plans for Splendour Festival 2016 at Wollaton Park!

Acts and attractions for next year are well and truly under wraps right now, but you can be the first to hear about Splendour 2016 tickets and artist announcements by registering here:

2016 is set to be a remarkable year for Splendour, and with previous years featuring incredible acts such as The Specials, James, Happy Mondays, Bananarama, Lawson,  Jake Bugg, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Pogues, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Paolo Nutini, Roots Manuva, Tom Odell, Scouting For Girls, Saint Raymond, The Boomtown Rats, Reverend & The Makers, The Rifles, Squeeze, KT Tunstall, Maximo Park, Peter Hook & The Light, , Katy B, Levellers, Scissor Sisters, Blondie, Feeder and many more, you won’t want to miss any of our 2016 updates.

Register for Splendour 2016.

Set Times for Splendour 2015

July 10th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

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21:00 – 22:30      THE SPECIALS

19:15 – 20:15      JAMES

17:45 – 18:45      LAWSON

16:30 – 17:15      INDIANA

15:30 – 16:00      ROOTS MANUVA

14:30 – 15:00      AMBER RUN

13:30 – 14:00      TO KILL A KING

12:30 – 13:00      SUSPECT ALIBI



19:45 – 21:00      BANANARAMA

18:15 – 19:15      THE TWANG

17:15 – 17:45      FEROCIOUS DOG

16:00 – 16:30      IRIS GOLD

15:00 – 15:30      KETO

14:00 – 14:30      THE SWIINES

13:00 – 13:30      GEORGIE



20:30 – 21:00      HHYMN

19:30 – 20:00      JOY MUMFORD

18:30 – 19:00      EYRE LLEW

17:30 – 18:00      PIERCE BROTHERS

16:30 – 17:00      JAMIE LAWSON

15:30 – 16:00      MARTIN LUKE BROWN

14:30 – 15:00      DAUDI MATSIKO

13:30 – 14:00      MOLLY AND JACK

12:45 – 13:15      RJMARKS

12:00 – 12:30      CEDRIC PETERS



18:00 – 18:30      JOLLYBOAT

17:00 – 17:30      JOHN ROBERTSON

16:00 – 16:30      ELLIE TAYLOR

15:00 – 15:30      CHRISTIAN REILLY

14:00 – 14:30      IAN D. MONTFORT



17:15 – 17:45      DANIEL DORE… MAGICIAN


15:00 – 15:30      SWING NOUVEAU


13:00 – 13:30      SWING NOUVEAU



Running times are subject to change.


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Indiana Joins the Bill at Splendour

July 8th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Splendour Festival is less than 2 weeks away and we have some news to share with you all. Sadly Jess Glynne has confirmed that due to throat surgery she will be unable to perform at the 2015 Splendour Festival. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery and she will be much missed at Splendour, however we are delighted to announce that Nottingham’s very own star Indiana will be stepping into the breach to entertain what is certain to be a huge crowd.

Already booked to play several major festivals this summer and on the back of her recent Glastonbury set, Indiana is sure to be warmly received by her hometown crowd at Splendour.

The 20,000 strong audience can expect to hear hits such as Solo Dancing, one of the singles from her top 20 critically acclaimed album, No Romeo. It’s full circle for the Long Eaton singer who first came to the public’s attention after she took part in Splendour’s Future Sound of Nottingham in 2012.

Splendour Festival organisers said: “Sadly Jess Glynne has confirmed that due to throat surgery she will be unable to perform at the 2015 Splendour Festival. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery and she will be much missed at Splendour, however we are delighted to announce that Nottingham’s very own star Indiana will be stepping into the breach to entertain what is certain to be a huge crowd. We can’t wait to see her on the main stage where she truly belongs.”

Indiana is a fitting addition to this year’s Splendour line up – which has a notable history for showcasing the hottest local talent – following her major steps forward to national prominence with a huge show at Rock City earlier this year.
Full set times will be released next week with Indiana taking to the main stage before pop band Lawson, indie rockers James and two-tone legends The Specials who will bring the Festival to a close, while over on the Confetti Stage queens of pop Bananarama will be headlining.

Indiana said: “I played the Splendour main stage two years ago whilst I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter as my son watched from the crowd. My live shows have become bigger and better since then and I’m so excited to share that with Nottingham again on its biggest stage possible! Nothing better than a hometown crowd…and both of my children can watch this time!”

The Specials
Roots Manuva
Amber Run
To Kill A King
Suspect Alibi

The Twang
Ferocious Dog
Iris Gold
The Swiines

Andy Robinson (Compere)
Ian D. Montfort
Christian Reilly
Ellie Taylor
John Robertson

Joy Mumford
Eyre Llew
Jamie Lawson
Molly and Jack
Daudi Matsiko
Cedric Peters
Pierce Brothers
Martin Luke Brown

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Splendour Festival 2015 Fringe Entertainment & Kid’s Zone

July 3rd, 2015 at 4:15 pm

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Along with sensational performances from The Specials, James, Bananarama, Lawson, The Twang, Roots Manvua and many more, this year’s Splendour Festival is set to feature an incredible area of fringe entertainment as well as a fantastic kid’s zone for our young festival goers!

Nottingham School of Samba

Samba school drumming performances, Brazillian songs on percussion instruments in the styles of Afro-Brasil, samba reggae and Rio samba.

DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show’s Kazoo Orchestra

Kazoo orchestra and Vaudeville Skiffle Show.  Washboards, plant pot bass and kazoos!  Family friendly fun music.

Swing Nouveau

Modern songs performed in a retro style.  Swing dancers encouraging audience participation.  Female singer and double bass player dressed in vintage colourful clothing.

DIY Poets

A series of poetry by various members of the DIY Poets collective performed for the family audience.

Daniel Dore

A close up and strolling magician, since starting as a magician Daniel has picked up many honors both local and regional, such  as becoming the first winner of the Graham Harper innovation award and the youngest winner of Edinburgh magic festivals showmanship award.

Inspector Hemslo

The detective of magic.  Join Inspector Graham Hemslo the worlds leading… and well only consulting detective.  Over years of training Hemslo has conditioned himself to be able to find out your most intimate secrets simply by looking you. Watch as one of Nottingham’s leading parlour acts influences, suggested and surprises you in countless ways.

Nott Circus

Nott Circus will be bringing an impressive 8 metre rig to Splendour, and performing three dazzling mini-cabaret performances, each comprising of 2 aerial acts.  Marvel at the acrobatics, and enjoy free-play activities including diabolo, stilt walking, juggling and more between shows.

Walkabout Entertainment – Nonsuch Theatre – The Fun Police!

Walkabout theatre – The Fun Police – 4 roaming performers in full PPE roam the fields of Splendour making sure that attendees are enjoying themselves responsibly.  With megaphones, tape, banners and cordons, the performers interact with attendes throughout the day – creating silly scenarios of ‘safety’ and generally being a delightful nuisance.  Attendees are rewarded for safe practice whilst others take part in games to make themselves safer.  Brief seminars will be held on how to have fun properly and ensure that people’s fun is cleverly organised.  The irony being, The Fun Police are anything but safe themselves!

Big Top Mania

Look out for the mini big top hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops including low tightrope wire, hula-hooping, diablos, juggling & unicycles.  They’ll be bringing giant bubbles and crazy inflatables along too, as well as closing proceedings in the Children’s Area with Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.

Area Inbetween

Area Inbetween inspire young people through the arts.  They provide a range of vibrant and exciting workshops for young people to get involved in at festivals.  Alongside LP painting on Dizzy The Bike, Face Painting, and Recycled Materials workshops there is a games and chill-out space for socialising and hanging out, including Giant Jenga, Ten Pin Bowling and Twister.  All activities are free except for a spin on Dizzy charged at 50p per vinyl.

Giant Games and Make & Take Workshops

Join in with some old fashioned board games with a giant twist!  Including Chess, Draughts and Connect 4.  Make your own festival badges and windmills too!

Big Tops and Tall Tales’ Wonderland Party

Step through the looking glass and join us for a heady mix of delicious cocktails, sweet treats, walkabout entertainment, big games & silliness galore. Chill out and sup your cocktail at the DRINK ME BAR, or gorge on cake at the BITE ME CAFÉ where “it’s always tea time”.  Play croquet with the Queen of Hearts or dine with the Mad Hatter, if you dare!  If you’re feeling feisty, you can suit up, step into the sumo ring and wrestle a friend in the Tweedle-Dee & Tweedle-Dum Arena! Just remember…“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”

Calling all performers!

May 1st, 2015 at 4:01 pm

044 Calling all fringe artists and performance lovers!  Splendour in Nottingham Festival is putting the call out for theatre companies, interactive performers, solo artists, duos, community groups, circus performers, spoken word artists, stand-up comics and more to be a part of our fringe programme!  The more interactive, colourful, family friendly (and fun!) the better.

To apply, download the form here.

Splendour Supports Local Music in Future Sound of Nottingham Competition

April 13th, 2015 at 4:13 pm


We are giving you the chance to play live in front of a 20,000 strong crowd on the Splendour Festival main stage this July!

Organised by community project NUSICThe Future Sound of Nottingham (FSN) will give one lucky act the opportunity to perform the opening slot on the main stage at Splendour Festival on Saturday 18th July. Open to entrants now, the first round of the contest invites local bands and artists to send in tracks for judging by an expert panel, and you can enter today by clicking here.

Last year’s Splendour proudly boasted an impressive line-up of home-grown talent including Bramcote born artist Saint Raymond aka Callum Burrows. With a sell-out UK tour already under his belt, he was joined by 2014’s FSN winner, Joy Mumford, who has since been writing with respected artists such as Scorzayzee and indie pop band D.I.D, who we have had the pleasure of managing for several years now. We are delighted to reveal that Joy will also be making her second Splendour appearance on the Acoustic Rooms Stage this year for what will be the first time a FSN artist has been asked to return.

Mark Del, of NUSIC, says: “It’s a great buzz giving Nottingham musicians the chance to play the main stage at SplendourFuture Sound of Nottingham is all about giving local artists the opportunity to play big stages to huge audiences and showcasing their music to industry professionals – last year’s finalists Field Studies were signed to Denizen Management after Denizen boss, Spencer Wells, saw them play.”

Entries for the first round will close on Monday 20th April and finalists will be expected to battle it out on the main stage at DHP Family’s Rock City venue on Sunday 14th June where the public and an independent panel of judges will decide the winner.

DHP Family Chairman George Akins added: “Splendour is a great showcase for local artists so it’s a real opportunity for a new star to emerge from this year’s Future Sound of NottinghamJake Buggoriginally played Splendour’s small courtyard stage but went on to be the main stage headliner a couple of years later, touring the world and selling albums by the million. Amber Run and Joy Mumford are playing this year while IndianaSaint Raymond and D.I.D (Dog is Dead) have all played Splendour in recent years and gone on to greater success.”

Splendour 2015 will be headlined by two-tone legends The Specials who will be joined on the bill by James, Jess Glynne, Lawson, Roots Manuva, Amber Run, To Kill A King and the day will be opened by the winner of the Future Sound of Nottingham. Meanwhile, over on theConfetti Stage there will be performances by Bananarama, The Twang, Ferocious Dog, Iris Gold, Keto, The Swiines and Georgie while Joy Mumford, Eyre Llew, Hhymn, Jamie Lawson, Molly and Jack, RJMARKS, Daudi Matsiko and Cedric Peters make up the offer for theAcoustic Rooms Stage.

Cheeky-chappie Brummie Andy Robinson will be hosting some great acts throughout the day on the Funhouse Comedy Stage while there is plenty of entertainment for children including fairground rides, and a free kids area hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops and shows, crazy inflatable’s, giant bubbles and Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.

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James, Bananarama And More Join The Specials For A Fantastic Splendour Spectacular July 18 2015

March 20th, 2015 at 9:18 am

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Headlined by two-tone revivalists The Specials, the all dayer in the beautiful grounds of Wollaton Park is set to be one of the biggest summer days out across the Midlands on July 18 2015. Continuing the strong line up on the main stage as special guests are the legendary James, perhaps best known for anthemic hits such as ‘Sit Down’, ‘She’s A Star’ and ‘Laid’. With all seven band members coming back to reform in 2007, the Manchester band released their 13th studio album La Petite Mort last year to critical acclaim and showed the unique James magic is still firmly in place with engaging powerful songs that demand to be heard live.

Promoter DHP Family, in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Confetti, has been working hard behind the scenes to bring the perfect mix of long-loved heritage acts alongside contemporary pop artists to cater for all the family.

One of the best all female pop bands of all time, Bananarama joins the bill for Splendour headlining the Confetti Stage.  The band already share history with The Specials lead singer Terry Hall who tracked the girls down to perform with Fun Boy Three, the trio he formed with two other bandmates, for the single ‘It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It’.  Will Splendour see the girls join Terry and co on stage?

With 32 Top 40 UK hits, they went on to support everyone from Iggy Pop to Paul Weller. For the next ten years the girls were everywhere and so were their hits, all penned by the girls themselves. As their biography says ‘Bananarama were not a manufactured band but three friends who came from the London Club scene with a Punk attitude and were always in control of their own destiny.’

Singer of the moment Jess Glynne, best known for featuring on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, which made number one in the UK and can also be heard on the current M&S food advertising campaign, as well as debut single, ‘Right Here’, will be bringing her distinctive voice to the main stage.

With their latest single Roads out in May and an eagerly anticipated album due out later this year, pop rockers Lawson will have plenty of fresh material to excite the crowd alongside songs from their debut album Chapman Square and their six top 20 hit singles including Juliet and When She Was Mine. Joining them on the main stage and described as ‘the voice of urban Britain’ by The Times, MOBO award winner, vocalist and rapper Roots Manuva, best known for the hit single ‘Witness The Fitness’, will be bringing his UK hip hop style to Wollaton’s lush fields.

The full main stage line up is The Specials, James, Jess Glynne, Lawson, Roots Manuva, Amber Run and To Kill A King and the day will be opened by the winner of the Future Sound of Nottingham competition.

The search to find the best unsigned local act to open the festival is underway once again with the Future Sound of Nottingham now open for entries, building up to the chance to play the Rock City final on June 14 2015. For more details, visit

Keeping up the tradition for bringing the best of the local scene to the attention of 20,000 crowd, will be Amber Run, the band who formed at Nottingham University, with a huge indie-rock sound laden with hooks and driving choruses that looks a surefire bet to be filling stadiums some time soon. Expect a great response from their growing fan base to tracks such as the anthemic ‘Just My Soul Responding’; ‘I Found’ and ‘Spark’ hot on the heels of the release of their debut album, ’5am’, on April 27 through RCA Victor.

For something completely different, head over to the Confetti Stage where the Mansfield crew Ferocious Dog will be delivering their own take on Celtic folk by mixing up traditional instruments –  fiddles, whistles, mandolins – with a bit of rock n’ roll attitude. With their unique, aggressive yet feel-good music they are a favourite in the city making history last year by becoming the only unsigned act to ever sell out the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, not only once but twice.

Second on the bill to Bananarama on the Confetti stage are Birmingham indie-rockers The Twang. Hailed by the NME as ‘Britain’s best new band’ when they emerged, their second single Either Way was a top 10 hit and strongly championed by Radio 1 while the band commanded a prestigious headline slot at Glastonbury on the John Peel Stage. The Twang have kept the albums coming and the anthemic guitar rock of their latest, NEONTWANG, is sure to keep the audience moving.

Confirmed for the Confetti stage are Bananarama, The Twang, Ferocious Dog, Iris Gold, Keto, The Swiines and Georgie.

Completing the feast of live music will be the line up on the Acoustic Rooms stage, named after the popular weekly event at the Rescue Rooms. Joy Mumford, Eyre Llew, Hhymn, Jamie Lawson, Molly and Jack, RJMARKS, Daudi Matsiko and Cedric Peters make up the offer for the final stage.

At the bottom of the courtyard, the popular Funhouse Comedy stage compered by amiable cheeky-chappie Brummie Andy Robinson will once again be entertaining the crowds throughout the day and into the evening. Ian D. Montfort, the Sunderland psychic creation of character comedian Tom Binns, very convincingly uses the cold reading of stage mediums to debunk their techniques with fantastically funny interactions with his audience. Bringing his musical comedy act Lost in Music, Christian Reilly, now an international comedian playing all the major comedy venues, started out in Nottingham. Expect sharp wit combined with effortless charm and the occasional snipe at histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie musicians. Presenter Ellie Taylor of BBC3 dating show ‘Song, Marry, Avoid’, awesome Aussie improviser John Robertson and brilliant young musical comedy duo Jollyboat complete the comedic offer.

The entertainment doesn’t stop away from the main stages with loads for children on offer including fairground rides, and a free kids area hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops and shows, crazy inflatables, giant bubbles and Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great to see more much-loved groups being added to the Splendour line-up. We’re looking forward to a fantastic family summer day out in the beautiful surroundings of Wollaton Park.”

Tickets for Splendour start at £20 for 11-17-year-olds and £34 for adults with a citycard. Children 10 and under go free. Available from here.

To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go to or like or follow @splendourfest.


The Specials


Jess Glynne


Roots Manuva

Amber Run

To Kill A King

NUSIC Competition Winner




The Twang

Ferocious Dog

Iris Gold


The Swiines




Andy Robinson (Compere)

Ian D. Montfort

Christian Reilly

Ellie Taylor

John Robertson




Joy Mumford

Eyre Llew


Jamie Lawson

Molly and Jack


Daudi Matsiko

Cedric Peters

A message to you (Rudy) Splendour fans!

February 25th, 2015 at 11:32 am

2 tone legends The Specials will be headlining this year’s Splendour in Nottingham on Saturday 18th July!

Nottingham’s prestigious Wollaton Hall will be anything but a ghost town on Saturday 18th July when ska heroes The Specials headline the annual summer festivities. With an incredible line-up of live music and laugh-out-loud comedy still to be announced, plus a whole host of unique bars, bohemian food stalls and child-friendly activities, Splendour 2015 looks like it’s going to be too hot to handle.

You can book your Splendour tickets here and you rude boys and gals can also get a special discount with your City Cards!

This year’s tickets are priced at:
- £44 for standard entry
- £34 for adult City Card holders
- £34 for 11-17 year old non city residents
- £20 for 11-17 year old City Card holders

FREE for all children 10 years and under

Be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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